At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I can honestly say that I have received some absolutely shocking presents in my time – shocking in the sense that they make you question your friendships and wonder whether your “friends” really know you. Case in point: a nylon, hot pink, stomach-baring top. I have never had anything hot pink in my wardrobe, I actively avoid synthetic fibres and I don’t put my stomach on display. Given the person bearing the gift had known me for 10 years, it was a most strange gift choice, indeed!
If it were appropriate to have a gift registry for any occasion, I would definitely opt to have one designed by Merci Registry. Created by Cheri Messerli and David Rager, Mercy Registry has been established to overcome the limitations of organising a wedding registry at one store. The beauty of their registry is that it can be customised to reflect the soon-to-be-married couple’s ultimate wish list. For example, the listed items on one of their sample registry themes range from the predictable (crockery) to the useful (a new mattress fund) to the delicious (Ladurée macaroons).
If you’re taking the plunge soon, there is a small and tasteful selection of registry templates to choose from (or you can customise your own design in conjunction with Messerli and Rager), which can then be filled with bespoke objects. At the very least, you should be able to avoid receiving some hot pink his and hers apparel.